Find below details on the call’s implementation:


The timeline of the JTC 2015 “Neurodevelopmental Disorders” is shown below:

9 January 2015Launch of the call
9 March 2015 Deadline for pre-proposal submission
12 May 2015 Selection of a short list of 36 projects
23 June 2015Deadline for full proposal submission
15/16 September 2015Peer review panel meeting, ranking list
October 2015Funding decision
First half 2016 Start of projects

Proposal submission, peer review process, funding decision

Proposal submission

Research consortia had to consist of 3 - 5 research groups from at least three NEURON partner countries participating in this call. The two-step process required at first the submission of short pre-proposals describing the research idea. From these a short list was selected and the respective consortia were invited to submit full proposals (see also below).
Both pre- and full proposals had to be submitted electronically by the coordinator of the consortium. Proposal templates and guidelines were provided by the Joint Call Secretariat in order to support the applicants in terms of the proposal format. The Joint Call Secretariat is hosted by the DLR Project Management Agency (DLR-PT), Germany.

Peer Review

In order to properly cover all aspects of the broad topic, 56 experts were recruited from NEURON partner countries and beyond. Each pre-proposal was assessed in writing by at least two, most of them by three evaluators. The assessments were based on the criteria listed in the call text and consisted of a global score and additional comments. The projects were ranked according to the reviewer’s scores. Based on this ranking list, the funding organisations selected 36 projects whose coordinators were invited by the Joint Call Secretariat to submit full proposals. Fourteen experts on the Peer Review Panel (PRP) discussed these full proposals thoroughly in a face-to-face meeting and eventually provided a funding recommendation for each proposal and a ranking list.

Funding decision and granting process

The funding decision was taken by the funding organisations participating in the joint call for proposals. Starting with the best proposal and following the ranking list, as many proposals were selected for funding as the budget of each funding organisation allowed for.
As a result of this step, the top 10 projects could be funded. The projects comprise 42 research groups (Principal Investigators) from eight countries. The total funding volume amounts to about 7.7 m€ for three years.
In a last step, the Principal Investigators had to fulfil legal and administrative requirements of their national / regional funding agencies, in order to receive the grant.
The projects started during the first half of 2016.

Funding organisations supporting this call

16 funding organisations from 14 countries participated in the JTC 2015 “Neurodevelopmental Disorders”.

CountryFunding Organisation
BelgiumResearch Foundation – Flanders (FWO)

Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS)
Canada / QuébecCanadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA)

Fonds de recherche du Québec-Santé (FRQS)
FinlandAcademy of Finland (AKA)
FranceFrench National Research Agency (ANR)
GermanyFederal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
IcelandThe Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS)
IsraelChief Scientist Office - Ministry of Health (CSO-MOH)
ItalyMinistry of Health (MOH)
LatviaState Education Development Agency (VIAA)
PolandNational Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)
PortugalFoundation for Science and Technology (FCT)
RomaniaExecutive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)
SlovakiaSlovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)
SpainMinistry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO)